Silkies being eaten...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CCourson05, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

    Jan 5, 2011
    Hickory Flat, MS
    My other chickens are pecking all my little silkies feet. They are all bleeding. Is there anyway to stop this? I feel so bad for them. I seperated the silkies from the others. I put them into a seperate pen. Is there anything to do?
     
  2. Sportsterjeep

    Sportsterjeep Creekside Acres Farm

    Jun 1, 2010
    Mill Hall PA
    Keep then separate is about the only thing. My problem is usually the non cresteds plucking feathers out of the cresteds crests.
     
  3. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

    Jan 5, 2011
    Hickory Flat, MS
    So that is all that can be done to help the little ladies?
     
  4. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Songster

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    I've been having a similar problem with my hens pecking my Polish rooster's head feather's out. From what I can ascertain, separating them is the only option. I've tried just about everything else and nothing works. You could try Rooster Booster or Blu Kote, as most chickens will peck it, HATE the way it tastes, and stop, but this is something you have to continue to apply, or they wil just return to their old ways. It only worked for a very short time with my roo and hasn't really helped much since.
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Are they all the same ages? Are the silkies younger?
     
  6. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

    Jan 5, 2011
    Hickory Flat, MS
    Yes, the silkies are quite a bit younger, but are old enough to introduce to the flock. At least for other chicken breeds, they are.
     
  7. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:From personal experience, I have found that before 16 weeks of age, chickens are not defensive enough to go with older birds. My hope is that you could reintroduce them later when older, but keep them separated for now.
     
  8. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

    Jan 5, 2011
    Hickory Flat, MS
    I figured as much. I am thinking about keeping them separate anyway. I am currently expanding my coop, and I think I will just build a silkie annex. That way I won't have to worry about it. Plus, I want to use the silkies as brooding hens, so maybe this will turn out best anyway. Thanks for everyones help.
     
  9. Lisa202

    Lisa202 Songster

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    Quote:I like the idea of a silkie annex. I want to get some really different chickens...like a silkie or polish crested, but I worried about this same thing happening. Good idea!
     
  10. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

    Jan 5, 2011
    Hickory Flat, MS
    My poor girls were pecked to the point of bleeding.. I was upset. So I put them into a separate pen. They are in such a large pen... they rarely range half of it.

    Yeah, I don't suggest adding them to a normal flock. It is just setting you up to be upset. Unless you free range them... Sadly, we have too many predators to do that. Otherwise, I would. So I just build REALLY BIG pens for them.
     

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